When iFixit took aside the iPhone 14 it found that Apple has redesigned the internals to make the telephone simpler to restore, incomes it a good rating of seven/10 on the repairability score. The brand new Apple Watch Extremely has 4 uncovered screws holding the again panel – does that imply that the brand new $800 smartwatch is simple to restore?
Effectively, no. Take a look at iFixit’s teardown video beneath, which explains the challenges of fixing a Watch Extremely.
The Apple Watch Extremely has a a lot larger battery than the Collection 8 • Larger speaker too
A part of that’s unavoidable – the watch is rated for a formidable 100m water resistance and you’ll take it diving all the way down to a depth of 40m (130ft). That type of waterproofing requires a very good seal, so should you take the again off, it is advisable ensure you put in a brand new seal (and do it nicely too).
One other challenge is with the design itself – the battery can’t be accessed from the again, it’s important to take away the show. That was the case with the Watch Collection 7 as nicely, however the Apple Watch Extremely has a flat show and the metallic physique has a raised lip round it for defense. That makes eradicating the show with out breaking it very tough.
How a lot do repairs value? Going via official Apple channels will value you $100 for changing the battery, different extra concerned repairs (together with a damaged display screen) will likely be $500 with out an AppleCare+ plan (and $80 with it).
You’ll be able to take a look at iFixit’s battery and display screen alternative guides should you’re contemplating doing repairs your self.